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Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss Enchant Seattle Stage

June 29, 2015

While their frequent bluegrass jams leave plenty of room for musical imagination, Alison Krauss and Union Station are the portrait of technical precision live. Krauss is a virtuosic fiddle player who boasts a voice that flutters high above her band's...

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See Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's Tropical 'Alice' Video

June 26, 2015

Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard team up for some pickin' & grinnin' in paradise in their new video for "Alice in Hulaland." Filmed in Hawaii, Nelson's home-away-from-the-road, the clip is filled with sunshine, sand and smiles from...

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Dawes, Stapleton Added to Pilgrimage Fest

June 17, 2015

Less than one week after the close of Bonnaroo 2015, another Tennessee-based festival is gearing up for its own music-filled weekend. The Pilgrimage Festival, which just announced its final round of performers, will take place September 26th and 27th...

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Album Debuts at Number One

June 10, 2015

Country legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have made their way back to the top of the heap. Their duets album, Django and Jimmie, has debuted at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and in the Number Seven spot on the all-genre Billboard...

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50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own

June 3, 2015

For decades, rockers have looked to country music when they grew tired of brash flash or deafening volume — or they simply heard a George Jones record that blew their heads back with its sheer devastation. Country's core strengths — intimate...

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard: Pancho and Lefty Ride Again

May 26, 2015

"Hello, I know you!" Merle Haggard says as he emerges from the bedroom of his tour bus. He's talking to Willie Nelson, who's sitting in the bus's cramped front quarters. Standing nearby, Nelson's wife, Annie, asks the pair if they'll sign a couple of...

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Flashback: See Willie Nelson Duet With Ray Charles

May 22, 2015

Willie Nelson turned 82 years old last month, spending his birthday in Maui with friends and family. Twenty-two years earlier, though, he threw a considerably bigger party for himself back home in Texas. In April 1993, Nelson celebrated his...

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B.B. King's Greatest Country Music Moments

May 15, 2015

Maybe it was his Mississippi roots, or perhaps it was his way with a lyric, but whatever the reason, B.B. King, who died Thursday at age 89, had a certain affinity for country music and country songwriting. Over his career, he played with country...

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Watch Willie Nelson Talk Outlaw Country on 'Daily Show'

May 6, 2015

Jon Stewart is approaching the end of his iconic Daily Show run, and he's already planned his next move – with Willie Nelson. "When I'm done with this damn thing, I'm gonna come and...ride around on [your] bus," Stewart told the country legend during...

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Country Stars Pick Favorite Willie Nelson Songs

April 29, 2015

If country music had a Mt. Rushmore, Willie Nelson would be one of the first faces carved into its granite walls. Few musicians are as revered by their peers as Nelson for his songwriting, guitar playing, weathered voice and ongoing artistry.  Today,...

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Willie Nelson, the Decemberists Headline Pilgrimage Festival

April 21, 2015

Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Will Hoge and newcomer Rainey Qualley are among the country-flavored artists set for the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, held this fall in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. But the music...

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Waylon Jennings Tribute Reunites the Highwaymen

June 11, 2015

The remaining two Highwaymen are reuniting to pay tribute to a bandmate they lost 13 years ago. Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson are part of an all-star lineup of country acts who will perform tunes by the late, great Waylon Jennings at a July 6th...

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Willie Nelson, Justin Bieber Join Cast of 'Zoolander 2'

June 4, 2015

The Red Headed Stranger is getting ready to do his best Blue Steel. Willie Nelson is set to make a cameo in the sequel to Ben Stiller's 2001 cult classic, Zoolander. The 82-year-old legend revealed in an interview with Access Hollywood that Owen Wilson,...

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Django and Jimmie

June 2, 2015

Willie and Merle coined the modern country-bromance LP with their 1983 hit Pancho & Lefty; their latest looks back. The title — referring to Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, major influences on both men — suggests...

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Flashback: Bernie Taupin Pens Grammy Gold for Willie Nelson

May 25, 2015

Had there never been a lyricist named Bernie Taupin, it's likely Elton John would not have become the global music icon he is today. That's how Elton himself sees it, anyway. But the British-born Taupin, who celebrated his 65th birthday this month, not...

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Willie Nelson Roadie Marks 64 Years on the Road

May 19, 2015

A touring artist's production has countless moving parts, and it's up to the members of the road crew — those tireless "roadies" — to keep track of all those parts every mile of the journey. At 90 years old, Ben Dorcy (he was born May...

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Flashback: Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson Channel Johnny & June

May 14, 2015

More than a decade before she made the official leap to country music with her Nashville-made Feels Like Home album, Sheryl Crow was proudly showing a reverence for the genre's roots. In the summer of 2002, she teamed with longtime friend Willie Nelson...

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Behind the Scenes of Neil Young's 'The Monsanto Years'

May 1, 2015

Last September, just before he took the stage at Farm Aid, Neil Young was hanging out on his tour bus with Willie Nelson's sons Micah and Lukas. Out of nowhere, he asked if they wanted to come out and join him on "Rockin' In The Free World"...

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Watch Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Light Up, Record Album

April 29, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have teamed up over the years, from their 1983 classic "Pancho and Lefty" to their Last of the Breed album and tour with Ray Price, but as Haggard has said, they only do it when the material is right. The duo...

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See Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Spark Up in New Video

April 20, 2015

Today, on what just happens to be 4/20, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have premiered the video for their new single "It's All Going to Pot." The first released song from their upcoming duets album, Django and Jimmie, the propulsive track was written...

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